POSITIVE POEMS

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Power Of Words

Words are very powerful that
It cut deeper than a swords,
The cuts of words are irreparable and,
The blow with swords can be cured.
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Norbu Dorji

Norbu Dorji
A Song Of Winter Weather

It isn't the foe that we fear;
It isn't the bullets that whine;
It isn't the business career
Of a shell, or the bust of a mine;
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Robert Service

Robert Service
How Jack Made The Giants Uncommonly Sore

Of all the ill-fated
Boys ever created
Young Jack was the wretchedest lad:
An emphatic, erratic,
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Guy Wetmore Carryl
As Plan For Noon And Plan For Night

960

As plan for Noon and plan for Night
So differ Life and Death
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Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson
The Pungent Atom In The Air

1191

The pungent atom in the Air
Admits of no debate-
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Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson
Maurine: Part 07

With much hard labour and some pleasure fraught,
The months rolled by me noiselessly, that taught
My hand to grow more skilful in its art,
Strengthened my daring dream of fame, and brought
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Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Ella Wheeler Wilcox
God's Funeral

I
I saw a slowly-stepping train --
Lined on the brows, scoop-eyed and bent and hoar --
Following in files across a twilit plain
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Thomas Hardy

Thomas Hardy
I Cannot Love Thee!

I CANNOT love thee, tho' thy soul
Be one which all good thoughts control;
Altho' thy eyes be starry bright,
And the gleams of golden light
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Caroline Elizabeth Sarah Norton

Caroline Elizabeth Sarah Norton
Recreation

WE took our work, and went, you see,
To take an early cup of tea.
We did so now and then, to pay
The friendly debt, and so did they,
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Jane Taylor
Happy Birthday Tripti Dear

Many many happy returns of the day Tripti dear.
Some people develop an instant connect and some affect your lives in a positive way, you are one of those rare.
Your poems are so good and filled with emotions, some bring a smile on my face and some tear.
I don't know if it was destiny or our lives were fated to meet, through poetry the passion we share.
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Jaskaran Singh

Jaskaran Singh
This World Is Not Conclusion;

This world is not conclusion;
A sequel stands beyond,
Invisible, as music,
But positive, as sound.
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Emily Elizabeth Dickinson
The Confiteor Of The Artist

How penetrating is the end of an autumn day! Ah, yes, penetrating enough to be painful even; for there are certain delicious sensations whose vagueness does not prevent them from being intense; and none more keen than the perception of the Infinite. He has a great delight who drowns his gaze in the immensity of sky and sea. Solitude, silence, the incomparable chastity of the azure a little sail trembling upon the horizon, by its very littleness and isolation imitating my irremediable existence the melodious monotone of the surge all these things thinking through me and I through them (for in the grandeur of the reverie the Ego is swiftly lost); they think, I say, but musically and picturesquely, without quibbles, without syllogisms, without deductions.
These thoughts, as they arise in me or spring forth from external objects, soon become always too intense.
The energy working within pleasure creates an uneasiness, a positive suffering. My nerves are too tense to give other than clamouring and dolorous vibrations.
And now the profundity of the sky dismays me! its limpidity exasperates me. The insensibility of the sea, the immutability of the spectacle, revolt me. Ah, must one eternally suffer, for ever be a fugitive from Beauty?
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Charles Baudelaire

Charles Baudelaire
The Double Chamber

A chamber that is like a reverie; a chamber truly spiritual, where the stagnant atmosphere is lightly touched with rose and blue.
There the soul bathes itself in indolence made odorous with regret and desire. There is some sense of the twilight, of things tinged with blue and rose: a dream of delight during an eclipse. The shape of the furniture is elongated, low, languishing; one would think it endowed with the somnambulistic vitality of plants and minerals.
The tapestries speak an inarticulate language, like the flowers, the skies, the dropping suns.
There are no artistic abominations upon the walls.
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Charles Baudelaire

Charles Baudelaire
The Invitation To The Voyage

It is a superb land, a country of Cockaigne, as they say, that I dream of visiting with an old friend. A strange land, drowned in our northern fogs, that one might call the East of the West, the China of Europe; a land patiently and luxuriously decorated with the wise, delicate vegetations of a warm and capricious phantasy.
A true land of Cockaigne, where all is beautiful, rich, tranquil, and honest; where luxury is pleased to mirror itself in order; where life is opulent, and sweet to breathe; from whence disorder, turbulence, and the unforeseen are excluded; where happiness is married to silence; where even the food is poetic, rich and exciting at the same time; where all things, my beloved, are like you.
Do you know that feverish malady that seizes hold of us in our cold miseries; that nostalgia of a land unknown; that anguish of curiosity? It is a land
which resembles you, where all is beautiful, rich, tranquil and honest, where phantasy has built and decorated an occidental China, where life is sweet to breathe, and happiness married to silence. It is there that one would live; there that one would die.
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Charles Baudelaire

Charles Baudelaire
Amours De Voyage.

Oh, you are sick of self-love, Malvolio,
And taste with a distempered appetite!
SHAKSPEARE.

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Arthur Hugh Clough

Arthur Hugh Clough
Dipsychus - Part Ii

Scene I.

The interior Arcade of the Doge's Palace.

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Arthur Hugh Clough

Arthur Hugh Clough
Seven Sonnets On The Thought Of Death 1

I

That children in their loveliness should die
Before the dawning beauty, which we know
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Arthur Hugh Clough

Arthur Hugh Clough
A Forgiveness

I am indeed the personage you know.
As for my wife, what happened long ago
You have a right to question me, as I
Am bound to answer.
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Robert Browning

Robert Browning
Philip Of Pokanoket - An Indian Memoir - Prose

As monumental bronze unchanged his look:
A soul that pity touch'd, but never shook;
Train'd from his tree-rock'd cradle to his bier,
The fierce extremes of good and ill to brook
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Washington Irving
Desultory Thoughts On Criticism - Prose

"Let a man write never so well, there are now-a-days a sort of persons they call critics, that, egad, have no more wit in them than so many hobby-horses: but they'll laugh at you, Sir, and find fault, and censure things, that, egad, I'm sure they are not able to do themselves; a sort of envious persons, that emulate the glories of persons of parts, and think to build their fame by calumniation of persons that, egad, to my knowledge, of all persons in the world, are in nature the persons that do as much despise all that, as, a, In fine, I'll say no more of 'em!" REHEARSAL.

All the world knows the story of the tempest-tossed voyager, who, coming upon a strange coast, and seeing a man hanging in chains, hailed it with joy, as the sign of a civilized country. In like manner we may hail, as a proof of the rapid advancement of civilization and refinement in this country, the increasing number of delinquent authors daily gibbeted for the edification of the public.

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Washington Irving
An Epistle To Fleetwood Shephard, Esq. Burleigh, May 14, 1689

Sir,
As once a twelvemonth to the priest,
Holy at Rome, here Antichrist,
The Spanish king presents a jennet
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Matthew Prior

Matthew Prior
Augustus Gloop! Augustus Gloop

'Augustus Gloop! Augustus Gloop!
The great big greedy nincompoop!
How long could we allow this beast
To gorge and guzzle, feed and feast
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Roald Dahl
Witchcraft: New Style

The sun drew off at last his piercing fires.
Over the stale warm air, dull as a pond
And moveless in the grey quieted street,
Blue magic of a summer evening glowed.
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Lascelles Abercrombie
Amours De Voyage, Canto I

Over the great windy waters, and over the clear-crested summits,
Unto the sun and the sky, and unto the perfecter earth,
Come, let us go,--to a land wherein gods of the old time wandered,
Where every breath even now changes to ether divine.
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Arthur Hugh Clough

Arthur Hugh Clough
The Lost Purse

I remember the excitement and the terrible alarm
That worried everybody when William broke his arm;
An' how frantic Pa and Ma got only jes' the other day
When they couldn't find the baby coz he'd up an' walked away;
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Edgar Albert Guest

Edgar Albert Guest
Thoughts In A Far Country

I rise and applaud, in the patriot manner,
Whenever (as often) I hear
The palpitanat strains of "The Star Spangled Banner,"--
I shout and cheer.
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Franklin Pierce Adams
Tell Him Why

When your boy wants to do what he shouldn'tâ??
Some foolish or dangerous thing.
Or something you wish that he wouldn't,
A deed that disaster may bring,
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Edgar Albert Guest

Edgar Albert Guest
The Green Piano

Aeolian. Gratis. Great thunderer, half-ton infant of miracles
Torn free of charge from the universe by my mother's will.
You must have amazed that half-respectable street

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Robert Pinsky
Limbo

The sole true Something--This ! In Limbo Den
It frightens Ghosts as Ghosts here frighten men--
For skimming in the wake it mock'd the care
Of the old Boat-God for his Farthing Fare ;
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Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Chanting The Square Deific

CHANTING the square deific, out of the One advancing, out of the
sides;
Out of the old and new--out of the square entirely divine,
Solid, four-sided, (all the sides needed)... from this side JEHOVAH
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Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman
Jubilate Agno (excerpt)

For I will consider my Cat Jeoffry.
For he is the servant of the Living God duly and daily serving him.
For at the first glance of the glory of God in the East he worships in his way.
For this is done by wreathing his body seven times round with elegant quickness.
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Christopher Smart

Christopher Smart
From Jubilate Agno, Fragment B, Lines 695-768

For I will consider my Cat Jeoffry.
For he is the servant of the Living God, duly and daily serving him.
For at the first glance of the glory of God in the East he worships in his way.
For is this done by wreathing his body seven times round with elegant quickness.
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Christopher Smart

Christopher Smart
A Song Of Winter Weather

It isn't the foe that we fear;
It isn't the bullets that whine;
It isn't the business career
Of a shell, or the bust of a mine;
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Robert William Service
Scenes From “politian.”

AN UNPUBLISHED DRAMA.

I.

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Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe
Scenes From 'politian.' (an Unpublished Drama)

I.

ROME., A Hall in a Palace. ALESSANDRA and CASTIGLIONE

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Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe
Eureka - A Prose Poem (an Essay On The Material And Spiritual Universe)

It is with humility really unassumed, it is with a sentiment even of awe, that I pen the opening sentence of this work: for of all conceivable subjects I approach the reader with the most solemn, the most comprehensive, the most difficult, the most august.

What terms shall I find sufficiently simple in their sublimity -- sufficiently sublime in their simplicity, for the mere enunciation of my theme?

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Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe
For I Will Consider My Cat Jeoffry (excerpt, Jubilate Agno)

For I will consider my Cat Jeoffry.
For he is the servant of the Living God duly and daily serving him.
For at the first glance of the glory of God in the East he worships in his way.
For this is done by wreathing his body seven times round with elegant quickness.
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Christopher Smart

Christopher Smart
Ash Wednesday

I

Because I do not hope to turn again
Because I do not hope
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T. S. Eliot

T. S. Eliot
An Essay On Criticism

'Tis hard to say, if greater Want of Skill
Appear in Writing or in Judging ill,
But, of the two, less dang'rous is th' Offence,
To tire our Patience, than mis-lead our Sense:
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Alexander Pope

Alexander Pope
This World Is Not Conclusion

501

This World is not Conclusion.
A Species stands beyond-
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Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson
When Bells Stop Ringing'church'begins

633

When Bells stop ringing-Church-begins
The Positive-of Bells-
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Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson
Within My Garden, Rides A Bird

500

Within my Garden, rides a Bird
Upon a single Wheel-
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Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson
The Odyssey: Book 14

Ulysses now left the haven, and took the rough track up through
the wooded country and over the crest of the mountain till he
reached the place where Minerva had said that he would find the
swineherd, who was the most thrifty servant he had. He found him
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Homer
Good'better'best

When young, in tones quite positive
I said, “The world shall see
That I can keep myself from sin;
A good man I will be.”
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Ellis Parker Butler
To A Foil'd European Revolutionaire

COURAGE yet! my brother or my sister!
Keep on! Liberty is to be subserv'd, whatever occurs;
That is nothing, that is quell'd by one or two failures, or any
number of failures,
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Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman
Darius

The poet Phernazis is composing
the important part of his epic poem.
How Darius, son of Hystaspes,
assumed the kingdom of the Persians. (From him
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Constantine P. Cavafy
The Yak

As a friend to the children
Commend me the Yak.
You will find it exactly the thing:
It will carry and fetch, you can ride on its back,
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Hilaire Belloc

Hilaire Belloc
This World Is Not Conclusion

501

This World is not Conclusion.
A Species stands beyond—
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Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson
Good - Better - Best

When young, in tones quite positive
I said, "The world shall see
That I can keep myself from sin;
A good man I will be."
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Ellis Parker Butler
Marriage

This institution,
perhaps one should say enterprise
out of respect for which
one says one need not change one's mind
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Marianne Moore

Marianne Moore